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1st Edition

Temporary Gardens

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ISBN 9781138917880
April 29, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
360 Pages 270 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

The last thirty years have seen a surge in temporary gardens. The flexibility and new challenges investing non-permanent landscapes, has made them a creative and stimulating testing ground for a diversified range of professionals and impromptu designers.

Raffaella Sini examines the historical evolution of the genre, exploring theory, narratives and strategies employed in over 80 worldwide temporary garden case studies built throughout France, Germany, Spain and Portugal, Italy, Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and the United States.

Key topics include:

  • Temporary gardens produced within 1970s avant-garde art and 1980s public art
  • Temporary gardens as opportunities to work with live-processes, involve people, explore concepts related to social justice and ecology
  • Temporary gardens to re-invent the vocabulary of garden design
  • Temporary gardens as practices in today’s tactical urbanism

The book comprehensively decodifies the full range of ephemeral gardens: ‘uprooted’, ‘mobile’, ‘itinerant’, ‘movable’, ‘postmodern’, ‘installation’, ‘exhibited’, ‘conceptual’, ‘theme’, ‘pop-up’, ‘guerilla’, ‘grassroots’, ‘meanwhile’ ‘interim’, ‘provisional’, ‘activist’, ‘community’ and ‘parklets’.

Beyond temporary gardens’ physical duration, time-focused design affects the whole process of conceptualizing, building, experiencing, using and managing gardens; using short-term formats, anyone can invent, trial and experiment in a condensed experience of landscape.

The temporary garden emerges as a critical cultural ground for the discourse in landscape architecture, art, ephemeral urbanism, urban, landscape and garden design. Inspirational reading for designers and students alike.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Preface and Acknowledgements


1.1 Defining the object of research and navigating this book: methodology and resources

1.2 Reading the Temporary Garden within Evolving Trends in Garden Design

1.3 Resources that Extend the Historical Narrative of Temporary Gardens


2.1 The 1970s Explorative Gardens

2.2 1980s And 1990s: The ‘Theme-Exhibited’ Garden as New Genre: A Postmodern Perspective


3.1 The Installation Garden

3.2 The Temporary Gardens Used to Question the Landscape as Idea and Construct



4.1 Time

4.2 Nature

4.3 History

4.4 Context And ‘De-Contextualization’


5.1 Temporary Gardens in Urban Garden Festivals

5.2 Temporary Gardens as Grassroots Community-Driven Practices

5.3 The Defining Characteristics of Temporary Gardens in Urban Public Space

5.4 Gardens ‘Activating’ Sites

5.5 Gardens ‘Connecting’ Sites

5.6 Appropriating Sites



Chapter 3

3.1 Lullaby Garden and Bai Yun, Cao Perrot Studio (2004 – 2011)

3.2 Ombre, LAND-I archicolture (2002)

3.3 In Vitro, NIPpaysage (2001)

3.4 Land Use Observatory, Topotek1 (2009-2011)

3.5. The Veil Garden, Studio Bryan Hanes and DIGSAU (2010-2019)



Chapter 4

4.1.1 Jardin de la Connaissance, 100Landschaftsarchitektur (2010-2011)

4.1.2 Pine Cone Garden, West 8 (2003)

4.1.3 Brick Bones Pumpkins, West 8 (2000)

4.1.4 Cacticity, Anouk Vogel (2008—2009)

4.1.5 Metropolis, LAND-I archicolture (2003)

4.1.6 A Mobile Italian Garden, The Decorators (2014-ongoing)

4.1.7 Exote Garden, A Two Dogs Company (2011/2016)


4.2.1 The Eden Laboratory, Paul Cooper (2002)

4.2.2 La Source 1 and 2 / Sentier battu, BGL collective (2005-2006)

4.2.3 Blue Stick Garden, Claude Cormier (1999-present)

4.2.4 Phoibos 11, Salad Dressing (2018)

4.3.1 A Chaque Château Son Jardin, Anouk Vogel (2008—2009)

4.3.2 Tracce, LAND-I archicolture (2001)

4.4.1 Wonder Holland, West 8 (2004)

4.4.2 The Big Dig, Topotek1 (2010-2011)


Chapter 5

5.4.1 Union Street Urban Orchard, Wayward (2010)

5.4.2 Queen’s Walk Window Gardens, Wayward (2013)

5.4.3 Urban Physic Garden, Wayward (2011)

5.4.4 Targ Weglowy Square, GDYBY Group (2013)

5.4.5 Public Farm 1, WORK Architecture Company (2008)

5.4.6 The Flying Grass Carpet, Studio ID Eddy and HUNK-design (2008)

5.4.7 Pocket Park Fyrisån, Studio Pop Upp (2014)

5.5.1 Treno Botanico, Topotek 1(2009)

5.5.2 Jardin de Voyage, Nicolas Pinier (2001)

5.5.3 Giardini Pensierosi Portatili, Cristiano Toraldo Di Francia (2011)

5.5.4 Moving Forest, NL Architects (2008)

5.5.5 S.O.S. Mobile Garden, Tattfoo Tan (2009)

5.5.6 Qui Croire? (Who to Believe?), François Abelanet (2011)

5.5.7 Invasive Pigments, Ellie Irons (2013-2014)

5.6.1 Jardin de Couleur, Thilo Folkerts (2000)

5.6.2 Vetex Mint Gardens, Thilo Folkerts (2009)

5.6.3 Victory Gardens, Futurefarmers (2007-2009)

5.6.4 The Drive Temporary Community Park, Shifting Growth (2011-ongoing)

5.6.5 San Jose-Guerrero Park, Jane Martin (2009)

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Raffaella Sini has a multidisciplinary background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and public art. Her advanced degrees are in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She is assistant professor at the University of Idaho’s Landscape Architecture program; has taught in several universities and in Asia as assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore.

Her design-based research is explicated through the practice of temporary and experimental installations realized with the design collective LAND-I archicolture (2000—ongoing) co-founded with Roberto Capecci and Marco Antonini, and with the students and various communities in Europe, Asia and the United States. The use of short-term interventions, for which Raffaella has managed to obtain various forms of funding from governments and private foundations, has been instrumental in the practice and in pedagogy for exploration of process design methodologies that have been applied in diverse contexts.